The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.
Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.
Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.
Receive as much as they give!
Who We Are
We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!
What We Do
Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. All members participated and we had discussion regarding what we are up to personally and offered an appreciation to at least being able to meet virtually knowing we all are looking forward to the day we can meet in person.
This makes our fourth virtual Gettysburg Optimist Club membership meeting in 2021.
Treasure’s Report: Approved
President Brian discussed the planning for a Optimist basketball clinic and hosting this event at Gettysburg Area Recreation Park in August and providing a picnic for youth and families. The specifics will be reported at a future meeting.
An in person social was held at Four Score with on March 10 with six members attending and a great evening enjoyed.
Brian and Tom reminded us we are in serious need of a Vice President and Treasure for our 2021 – 2022 Gettysburg Optimist Calendar year. Call or email Brian and/or Tom if you can step to the plate.
Golf Tournament, 5/20/21, is our date and all advertising details are available on our website. Please put this date on your calendar to help and participate the club. If you have any questions call Daryl or Tom.
Giving Spree, Joe Mac Dowell, chairman for this fund raising event will need some committee member volunteers to help us make this event successful. Give Joe a call if you can help.
We had discussion on ideas for new membership and fundraiser events.
Our 5/5/21 in person meeting would be an opportunity to invite guests.
5/5/2021 Next Meeting @ Lake Heritage Pavilion, dinner 6:30 followed by meeting. We may have a guest speaker/member to discuss (Life Preserver) Shermans Echo ??
5/20/2021 Optimist Golf Tournament
6/2/2021 Meeting @ Lake Heritage
7/14/2021 Picnic @ residence of Wayne & Sue
8/4/2021 4th Quarter Zone meeting hosted @ Lake Heritage
The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.